Paul Pogba has given his first interview since becoming a Manchester United player for the second time to Manutd.com, and has spoken at his joy of his return to Old Trafford.
“There’s no words, to be honest, there’s no words. I just came back to Carrington. It was like I’d just come back home. I just went for a holiday, looks like I went for a holiday. I’ve come back home, I’m happy and I see everyone, the same persons. It’s just a great feeling, to be honest.”
When asked what made him return, the Frenchman had a particularly heartwarming reponse:
“I think it’s destiny, I would say it’s destiny. First my mum told me I would come back here and I told her, ‘You never know, you’ll see.’ For myself as well it’s a big challenge too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started. I didn’t finish what I started here so I think I came here to finish it.”
The first part of Pogba’s interview (the second is scheduled to be released this morning) makes for a wonderful four minutes. It’s music to the ears of United fans as Pogba repeatedly talks about feeling like he has ‘come home’, which is incredible to hear given how Pogba’s time at Old Trafford ended in 2012.
But it speaks to something that United fans had struggled to fully appreciate for the last few years, and inparticular the last few weeks; that Pogba has always harboured a great affection for the club, and as he himself puts it, “I always had this United thing in my heart and that’s why I came back.”
It’s akin to the sort of comment that you’d expect from a seasoned veteran at United, that they have the club in their heart, but to hear it from a former player, who left under acrimonious circumstances and has become one of the best footballers on the planet, let alone midfielders, it’s extra special.
Maybe at some point, the conversation will turn to his 2012 exit, and the circumstances which led to it, but for now, United fans can bask in the glow of a glorious transfer, a player who could hold the key to Premier League glory and a potential lynchpin of their side for years to come. Pogba has the potential to become a Manchester United legend, and after a difficult exit, his second chance to become etched into the fabric of the club starts here.